The former special needs teacher at Columbia Elementary who's being accused of "torture" in a federal lawsuit could now lose her license. The Ohio Department of Education sent a notice to Amanda Kitcho and the Kings Local School District, which employed her at the time.
The letter, obtained by FOX19, accuses Kitcho of eight violations, all of which are contained in "Count 1." The document describes the allegations this way:
Throughout much of FOX19's investigation of Kitcho, which revealed these allegations nearly a year ago, the Ohio Department of Education's online database included a special notation in the 33-year-old's profile that any school considering hiring her should call ODE first. That notation does not appear to be on there today, at least not on the database accessible by the public.
Education officials have been investigating Kitcho's interactions with her special needs students for some time. The state's educator database indicates her license is already due to expire June 30. If the state permanently revokes her license, not only could she not renew it, she would never be allowed to teach again in Ohio.
We have requested a comment from Kitcho's attorney about the allegations from ODE but have not yet heard back.
The letter from ODE indicates Kitcho has until February 23 to request a hearing. If she does, she or her attorney will be allowed to call witnesses and cross-examine those testifying against her.
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